Hebridean Way Walking Route Section E: Liniclate to Grimsay

Start: Liniclate, Benbecula, Finish: Grimsay

Type:Hebridean Way Walking Route

Benbecula: walker at Reuval
  • Benbecula: walker at Reuval
  • Benbecula: Rueval view
  • Benbecula: Reuval summit
  • Benbecula: walker on Liniclate beach
  • Benbecula: runners on Liniclate beach
  • Grimsay: causeway

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Height Climbed: 188m / 617ft

Height Descended: 180m / 590ft

Terrain: 4 miles on good paths, tracks or beach; 2 miles up and over Ruabhal, on small path then pathless hillside and moorland; 6.5 miles on tarmac roads, mostly quiet single track.

Sandwiched between North and South Uist and separated from both by treacherous tidal sands, but connected by casueways, a day spent exploring the island of Benbecula on foot, is a rewarding experience and the Hebridean Way takes walkers to some wonderful places that most tourists never see.

The day starts with some great Atlantic beach walking, a quintessential Hebridean experience, with the sound of seabirds filling the air and the sharp smell of seaweed ever-present.

Half way up the island the route branches out to the east side of the island. An easy climb up Ruabhal, the “hill of the fords” that gave Benbecula its Gaelic name Beinn na Faoghla, is rewarded with one of the most sensational views in Scotland.

The descent is more challenging than the climb, pathless terrain down through overgrown heather then over wet, boggy ground. The road is soon reached, however, and a fascinating walk along a beautiful causeway leads you to Grimsay. The route skirts the edge of this attractive little island, which is well worth further exploration if you have time to spare.

Note: The map below shows the end point of this section. The distances and timings above do not include any extra distance you may need to reach your accommodation for the night. For route instructions and a map of this section, see Detailed Route Instructions below. For accommodation, check out the What's Nearby section below.




  • By Walking
  • Route Information - Route Status - Main
  • Route Information - Terrain - Road. Tracks. Waymarked moorland.

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What's Nearby

  1. Remains of a wheelhouse dating back to the iron age can be seen in Grimsay.

    1.36 miles away
  2. 250 metres from the main road (which itself dissects the remains of a stone circle at NF…

    1.46 miles away
  3. Uist Wool runs a spinning Mill & Wool Centre that specialises in creating artisan yarns…

    1.69 miles away
  1. The Island of Grimsay is made up of tidal sands, sea lochs, small islands and islets, and…

    1.84 miles away
  2. While males are a pale grey colour, females and immatures are brown with a white rump and…

    1.84 miles away
  3. This stunning diver species breeds on large moorland lochs in the summer and winters in…

    2.22 miles away




    2.25 miles away
  5. Free Church of Scotland
    2.31 miles away
  6. A huge bird of prey, with its long broad wings and longish tail, it has a different…

    2.44 miles away
  7. Ruins of a Medival early church, Teampull Na Trionaid, can be found in the village of…

    2.52 miles away
  8. This sleek, elegant bird with a silvery body, slender wings and elongated tail streamers…

    2.76 miles away
  9. This is the panoramic view from the top of Rueval (Ruabhal), which is the highest point…

    2.79 miles away
  10. 26th April 1746. PrinceCharles Edward Stuart sailed from Borradale, Loch nan Uamh, at…

    2.8 miles away
  11. 28th June 1746. Rossinish, Benbecula. The Prince finally escapes from Uist with Flora…

    2.8 miles away
  12. The Black-throated Diver is a Mallard sized water bird with a stout bill, and bold black…

    2.83 miles away
  13. A path runs across Benbecula, through an area of low lying moorland and lochs. This is an…

    3.21 miles away
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